Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)

The initial stage of treatment is usually a thorough cleaning that may include “scaling” to remove plaque and tartar deposits beneath the gum line. The tooth roots may also be “planed” to smooth the root surface allowing the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth.

Tartar and Tooth Scaling

Tartar is plaque that has had time to harden and is that white (sometimes yellow) substance found at the base of the tooth just above the gumline. Tartar is usually requires professional care for proper and thorough removal. Tooth scaling is a service that involves using a tool that is specifically designed to break-apart and remove tartar. We gently run the tooth scaling tool completely around the teeth surfaces of teeth that have any signs of tartar which effectively cleans the gumline and smooths the tooth enamel. Every time you come in for a dental checkup, tooth scaling is performed to help prevent future dental problems such as cavities and gum disease.

What's Involved With A Root Planing Procedure?

Root planing, also known as a "deep cleaning" is a dental procedure performed when periodontal (gum) disease is detected. Signs of periodontal disease severe enough to warrant a deep cleaning include bleeding gums when brushing or flossing and a shrinking or receding gumline.

A deep cleaning removes plaque and tartar from tooth roots (below the gumline) and leaves behind a smooth, clean surface for gum tissue to re-attach itself to. If you are currently experiencing signs of periodontal (gum) disease, it is important that you call our office at 209-572-6008 and talk to us about coming in for a dental exam. You can also request an appointment online which may help speed up the process.

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If you are ready to have bright and healthy smile, feel free stop by our office Monday through Thursday. You can also request an appointment or simply give us a call.


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